It’s been determined by an independent federal agency that Allied was at fault for the 2008 fertilizer tank collapse which occurred at Allied Terminals in Chesapeake, Virginia (VA) resulting in four people being injured. According to The Virginian-Pilot, the agency discovered a lack of proper post-welding inspection led to the collapse.
Some of the fertilizer liquid went into storm drains and pipes which flow into Elizabeth River’s Southern Branch. This poses a threat to aquatic life, according to the Department of Environmental Quality.
Officials in Chesapeake, Virginia (VA) are going to pursue state laws that will enable them to regulate fertilizer storage tanks along the Elizabeth River’s Southern Branch. It’s commendable for city officials to take these steps, but the damage done to those four victims and the potential ecological damage cannot be erased.
Larry Ladd, a researcher whose presented at the American Chemical Society, suggested that fertilizers such as the kind now potentially effecting Elizabeth River’s Southern Branch contain a chemical known as perchlorate which has been connected to thyroid damage.
As a personal injury lawyer with over 20 years of experience, it’s always disheartening to learn about big corporations shirking their responsibility and neglecting the safety of both their workers and citizens surrounding their facilities. Proper oversight and post-welding inspections should have already been put into practice.
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